Super Bowl odds update: Patriots surging after windy win vs. Bills
If a team wins a game in 50-mph winds, did it really happen?
That's the question facing bettors after the New England Patriots ran all over (literally) the Buffalo Bills in Monday's blustery 14-10 victory, which propelled their title odds to +700 amid a seven-game win streak that's carried them from a 2-4 start to the AFC's top seed.
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+550|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+650|
|New England Patriots||+700|
|Green Bay Packers||+750|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1200|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+2800|
|San Francisco 49ers||+4000|
|New Orleans Saints||+10000|
|Washington Football Team||+10000|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+15000|
|New York Giants||+50000|
|New York Jets||+100000|
It's hard to draw too much from this week's victory for New England, which attempted just three passes and ran for a season-high 222 yards. Still, the Patriots continue to find ways to win behind the NFL's second-best offense (32.1 PPG) and top-scoring defense (10.4), and they have the inside track in the AFC East by gaining a game on the Bills.
So, are the Patriots really title contenders? Oddsmakers seem to think so. New England enters its Week 14 bye priced as the third-best team in the league behind last year's Super Bowl participants - the Buccaneers (+550) and Chiefs (+650).
Even after Monday's 2-for-3 day, Mac Jones is still the heavy favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year and has the third-best passer rating (106.1) of any starter during the team's winning run. Bill Belichick is also the clear favorite for Coach of the Year and is closing in on yet another 10-win season, even with Tom Brady in another zip code.
The Bills (+1100) are still firmly in the mix after Monday's loss, slotting just behind the Packers (+750) and Cardinals (+800) and ahead of a bloated group of mid-tier clubs. Is it time for concern, though? Buffalo has lost four of its last seven games and is 1-4 against teams with a winning record, with heavyweight clashes against the Bucs and Patriots coming during the next three weeks.
The Ravens (+1500) are also feeling the heat following another uninspiring performance in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Steelers, who hadn't won since Week 9. Baltimore has the third-worst point differential of any team with a winning record (plus-22) and will have to make up ground without star corner Marlon Humphrey, whose injury could serve as a fatal blow to an already-thin secondary.
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